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Feb. 22, 2006
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James Coan  

THE SIMPLE GESTURE of hand holding can have a powerful effect on married women under stress, according to U.Va. neuroscientist Dr. James Coan (left), author of a study that measured neurological reactions to human touch in a threatening situation, and how the brain facilitates the health-enhancing properties of close social relationships. Findings showed that when the women were subjected to the threat of a mild electric shock, there was a large decrease in the brain’s response to threat when they held their spouse’s hand. The higher the quality of the women’s marriage, the more powerful the decrease in threat-related brain activity. Full story.

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Symposium on Democracy-Building in the Mid East To Be Held Friday at U.Va.

The University of Virginia’s School of Law will host the annual J.B. Moore Society of International Law Symposium on “Democracy in the Middle East: Prospect for Political Reform,” on Friday in Caplin Pavilion and Withers-Brown Room 152. The day-long event, free and open to the public, will include panel discussions on one of the most urgent political, economic and cultural issues of our time: democracy building in the Middle East. Peter Ackerman, chairman of Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world, will give the keynote address titled “How Freedom Is Won.” Full story.

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The University of Virginia Department of Biomedical Engineering is among a select group of bioengineering departments to receive a Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Partners Award. The $2.9 million award — $580,000 per year for the next five years — aims to speed discoveries from labs to the marketplace and will support multiple translational research projects involving biomedical engineering faculty and clinical co-investigators in U.Va.’s School of Medicine. “Thanks to the Coulter Foundation’s generosity, we will be able to create a new culture that accelerates biomedical technology transfer and commercialization,” said Thomas C. Skalak (left), U.Va. professor and chair of biomedical engineering. Full story.

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Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
Associated Press Correction — 12/02/2005
U.Va. Cancer Center Receives $5 Million Gift
Improving Social Justice on Campuses Automatically Improves Society, Says U.Va.’s Chief Diversity Officer
School of Nursing Gets $5 Million for Education Building
Web Calendar   The U.S. & Nigeria: A Complex But Vital Relationship
4 p.m., Harrison Institute Auditorium, Special Collections Library • Speaker: George Obiozor, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria • Part of U.Va.’s Ambassador Lecture Series.

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